La Bohème | Review
Gale Edwards' new version of Giacomo Puccini's Opera in Four Acts
Faultless is the only word to summarise the opening night of Puccini's classic opera, La Bohème. Without a hiccup or a slip, both the cast and chorus (conducted by renowned Christian Badea) performed to an impeccable standard.
Director Gale Edwards' visionary production opens the 2011 season of Opera in Melbourne. In this new production, Puccini's rag-tag band of bohemians is transported into Berlin in 1929 - the final throes of the Weimar Republic and exactly 100 years after Puccini's original setting.
The Spiegeltent's fairy lights are twinkling and the music is playing but, in reality, people are hungry and cold. Be taken on a trip through war-torn Europe where the blaze of passion melts the hardships of bohemian life until love won't pay the rent.
The talented cast includes the powerhouse soprano Takesha Meshe Kizart and award-winning tenor Ji-Min Park. Their depth of character and chemistry is heartfelt, complimented by a stellar cast including Andrew Jones, David Parkin, Shane Lowrencev, John Bolton Wood and Taryn Fiebig, not to mention the impressive chorus of children.
La Bohème is an opera about falling in love and losing the love of your life.
Review by Monica.
Opera Australia at The Arts Centre presented 12th April - 13th May 2011
La Bohème | Melbourne Opera - 2012
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